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Strategy and Strategists

James Cunningham and Brian Harney

March 2012

ISBN: 9780199219711

720 pages
Paperback
265x195mm

Price: £74.99

Strategy and Strategists offers a stimulating exploration of the key theoretical contributions and debates in strategic management. Adopting a critical and reflective approach, this illuminating textbook clearly links theory with practice, providing students with a thorough grounding in both the principles of strategy and its implementation.

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Strategy and Strategists offers a stimulating exploration of the key theoretical contributions and debates in strategic management. Adopting a critical and reflective approach, this illuminating textbook clearly links theory with practice, providing students with a thorough grounding in both the principles of strategy and its implementation.

  • Includes 25 readings plus links to a wide variety of online readings ranging from classic seminal pieces to contemporary contributions, providing readers with a thorough grounding in strategy theory.
  • Combines a diverse range of key theoretical contributions with a clear explanation of strategy implementation, helping readers link theory with practice.
  • 'Practitioner reflections' within the textbook, contributed by executives from leading companies, explore how strategy can be applied in the real world.
  • Contains 14 mini cases and a bank of long cases exploring strategy in a range of companies, helping students engage with the theory.
  • Includes a wealth of features to encourage critical reflection, including discussion questions, 'implications for strategy practice', and a 'spotlight' feature to highlight topical issues.
  • Chapters on strategy in context and critical perspectives on strategy.
  • Presents a novel way of structuring the field.

About the Author(s)

James Cunningham, Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business, National University of Ireland, Galway, and Brian Harney, Lecturer, Dublin City University Business School, and Brian Harney, Lecturer, Dublin City University Business School, Deputy Director, Leadership, Innovation and Knowledge Research Centre (LInK), Academic Fellow, Centre for International HRM, University of Cambridge

James Cunningham is a Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management J.E. Cairnes School of Business, National University of Ireland, Galway. His main research interests focus on strategy issues with respect to commercialisation, technology transfer, academic entrepreneurship and technology entrepreneurs. Awards for his research include three best paper awards at the British Academy of Management Annual Conferences (2002, 2005 and 2010), a best paper award at Technology Transfer Society Annual Conference 2011, a best paper award at the Irish Academy of Management Conference (2003) and his co-authored case studies have won national and international competitions. He has delivered invited key note presentations, acted as session chair and facilitator at national and international academic and practitioner conferences, as well as leading executive master classes on strategic management, innovation, starting your own business and research commercialisation.

Brian Harney is Lecturer in HRM at and Deputy Director (Knowledge) of the LInK research centre. His research interests include HRM in smaller firms, High Performance Work Systems, University Technology Transfer, Strategic Management.

Table of Contents

    Part One. Discovering strategy and strategists
    1:Discovering strategy
    2:Discovering strategists
    3:The process of strategizing: strategic thinking, decision making and leadership
    4:The dynamics of strategy formulation: deliberate and emergent approaches
    Part Two. Foundations of advantage
    5:Purpose and values
    6:Market and resource based approaches
    Part Three. Routes to advantage
    7:Corporate and global strategy: domain and direction
    8:Business and network strategies: market and method
    Part Four. Realizing advantage
    9:Levers for implementing strategy
    10:Interactions in implementing strategy
    Part Five. Sustaining advantage
    11:Culture and strategic change
    12:Strategic innovation and corporate entrepreneurship
    Part Six. Rediscovering strategy and strategists
    13:Managing strategy in context: public sector, non-profit, and small firms
    14:The role of strategy agents, consultants, management education, and strategy discourses

Reviews

"'With an emphasis on strategists and strategy implementation, this distinctive and valuable textbook avoids offering prescriptive quick-fix approaches, providing readers with the confidence to question what strategy can and cannot do for an organization.'" - Charles C. Snow, Mellon Foundation Professor of Business Administration, The Pennsylvania State University

"'This book is a much-needed antidote to the many highly prescriptive superficial discussions of how strategy works.'" - Dr Philip Stiles, University Senior Lecturer in Corporate Governance, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge